Carpet beetle

Carpet beetle

Carpet beetle

( Latin: Attagenus pellio)

This beetle is easy to recognize for it has a white spot on each of the otherwise black elytra. The adults fly around outside during the summer and. land on flowers where they feed on nectar and pollen. They often find their way indoors.

The eggs are normally laid in the nests of mice and birds, and the larvae, which have a characteristic tuft of hairs at the rear end, feed on hair, feathers and offal. In the house this beetle may lay eggs in woolen textiles or in other places where there may be food for the larvae, as for example in cracks in flooring or panelling where scraps of wool may accumulate. They may also gnaw skins, furs and stuffed animals.